Tech the Halls with Steve Greenberg


by New Day Producers

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 8:18 AM

Looking for some good gift ideas for the holidays? Look no further. Steve Greenberg joined New Day to discuss some cool gadgets that will be perfect for the holidays.

Holiday Gift Gadgets–

Fitbit Force — Push yourself closer to fitness goals with the just launched Fitbit Force, available at RadioShack and The Force is rechargeable and water-resistant. This digital fitness wristband is with all you the time, motivating you to stay active with a sleek design. With real-time stats right on your wrist, you can track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day. When the day’s over, track your sleep and wake up with a vibrating alarm. Other great features include instant access to your stats with a real-time OLED display AND your stats automatically sync to your computer and leading smartphones. You can also

–Two colors available: black and slate

–Set goals, view progress and earn badges from Fitbit

Fitbit Force comes in two colors (black and slate). It’s $129.99 at RadioShack and


TiVo Roamio TiVo Roamio DVR, the all-in-one approach to live, recorded, on-demand and over-the-top television that gives consumers what they want on any screen, wherever they are. Out-of-home streaming lets you to stream TV and recorded shows to your iPad® or iPhone® from anywhere – all you need is Wi-Fi. The built-in TiVo Stream feature allows users to connect and watch recordings and live TV almost ANYWHERE. A refreshed and more elegant interface offers updated HD menu screens and fonts with nearly twice the performance. Browse and Search content even faster. The “What to Watch Now” feature on the DVR provides an instantaneous personalized dashboard that immediately shows you the best programming available…right now. For users who just like a good channel guide, Roamio offers guide filters to quickly break down the options into only content you want to see. Choose to browse the guide by something as simple as Movies or Sports, or as specific as romantic comedies. There’s now an all new application platform – leveraging the new HTML 5 platform to support TiVo apps. The TiVo Roamio runs the latest version of YouTube with more on the way. The new platform will enable faster, more frequent additions to the TiVo platform. An improved remote boasts an RF connection, allowing Roamio to be placed behind closed cabinets or in another room altogether – no line of sight is needed to operate your TiVo. Still, the remote retains the capability of learning commands to control all of your other equipment, allowing for the true one-remote solution. Keep in mind anywhere you have an Internet connection, you have the ability to manage your DVR with your phone or tablet. The updated free TiVo mobile app available for tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android™) offers remote Season Pass® management, a recording scheduler that allows you to add or remove recordings and enhanced WishList® management. The TiVo Mini software has been updated to include Netflix and “dynamic tuning” to maximize the value of Roamio’s capacity. This feature allows all of Roamio’s tuners to be used for recording when they aren’t actually streaming content to another screen. It’s the ultimate whole-home DVR experience. The TiVo Roamio DVR Series includes three models: TiVo Roamio ($199.99), TiVo Roamio Plus ($399.99) and TiVo Roamio Pro ($599.99). Roamio features four or six tuners and unprecedented storage (ranging from 75 hours to 450 hours of HD content). It ensures subscribers never miss a show again and have plenty of space for recordings. The improved speed and performance of TiVo Roamio also includes integrated wireless and TiVo Stream functionality in certain models. To learn more, visit


Seagate Wireless Plus — Designed to wirelessly stream content for up to eight smartphones or tablets with enough space for up to 500 high-definition movies, Seagate Wireless Plus will extend the limits of today’s mobile lifestyle. The new hard drive includes a 10-hour battery life to match that of most tablets and smartphones. With the integrated 1TB drive, you’ll have all you need to be entertained anywhere, including long road trips or flights – without an Internet connection. Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage is accessed through the mobile Seagate Media app for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices. The Seagate Media app has been developed for all major mobile devices, including Android, Kindle Fire HD, Apple iOS and will also work with just about any device that can connect to a Wi-Fi network. Additionally, you can use Wireless Plus to enjoy video, photos, music and even documents on the big screen via Apple Airplay, DLNA or an app designed specifically for Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. A CES 2013 Best of Innovations Award Winner, Seagate Wireless Plus includes an option to save content and files to the drive wirelessly through the new Seagate Media app. For the first time, consumers will be able to capture a great HD video on their iPhone and then wirelessly upload it, in full resolution, to Wireless Plus with its 1TB of storage. You can purchase Wireless Plus for $199.99 at, Amazon or Walmart.


Capresso Coffee à la Carte™ Cup-to-Carafe® Coffee & Tea Maker

combines two of the most popular trends in coffee makers – single serve and carafe-style – with a separate tea filter to rapid brew tea.

Always brewing piping hot, this compact model uses freshly ground beans in a filter instead of pods or capsules that often brew a weak cup. The Coffee à la Carte™ lets you add up to 60 grams of freshly ground beans to the filter for each single cup. Your coffee can be mild or extra strong, depending on the amount of ground beans added to the filter. Operation is easy and intuitive, with completely customizable brewing and sizing options. There are four preset illuminated brewing buttons for Small Cup, Large Cup, Tea, or Carafe, which holds 42 ounces of coffee. Each single cup button can also be easily customized for volume with visual “press and hold” programming. Fast and efficient, it brews a single cup of coffee in less than 60 seconds, and a full 42-ounce carafe in less than 6 minutes. The quick-heat 2.2 bar Italian-made pump system always brews to the optimal temperature above 200 degrees F. Tea lovers will appreciate the additional tea filter that is included to prevent any flavor exchange between coffee and tea. The programmable tea button rapidly steeps a cup from 5 to 10 ounces, and the quick brew system provides the fastest results while still maintaining maximum flavor. The Capresso Coffee à la Carte™ has an actual retail price of $179.99, and is sold at


Boogie Board Sync 9.7 LCD eWriter –You’ve heard of eReaders, now there are Boogie Board LCD eWriters. Improv Electronics makes several models of Boogie Board eWriters – and none of them use any paper or pens (you can even use your finger to write and draw)! The newest one, the Boogie Board Sync 9.7 eWriter, takes note-taking to a whole new level. Users can save hundreds of “pages” to internal memory (as vector .pdf files) or transfer them directly to a computer, tablet, smartphone or other mobile device instantly and wirelessly via Bluetooth. The bold, modern design is perfect for style-conscious business professionals and students. The 9.7-inch, pressure-sensitive writing surface (measured diagonally) provides the precision and control of a fine tip pen. Free mobile app (iOS/Android) and PC software (Windows/Mac) display writing/drawing in real-time, share files via e-mail and popular social media sites and integrate with Evernote to organize and archive files. Files can be edited in many popular illustration and image editing programs (e.g., Adobe Illustrator). Available at and other retailers for $99 MSRP. For more information, go to


Battroborg Motion Controlled Batting Robots —Remember Rock’em Sock’em Robots? This is the 21st Century version—and now the robots are real robots and they are fueled by your fists. Wireless controllers transform your quick jabs into your robot’s swift hits! Battroborgs record battle wounds via an LED light that changes color with every strike received. Train by yourself, battle head-to-head, or engage 20 robots simultaneously in a Battle Royale. Price has just been reduced to $79.99 for the 3-in-1 Arena set and it is available all major retailers including Walmart, Target, and ToysRUs. For more info go to


Chillsner –keeps your brew cool from the first sip to the last drop. More effective than an ice-cold glass or a koozie, the Chillsner maintains the temperature of your beer from inside the bottle. Unlike ice, it won’t melt and dilute the taste. Simply freeze for 45 minutes, take a sip of beer to make room for the Chillsner, place it inside the bottle, and savor every refreshingly cool sip. With its bottle-mouth design, it’s easy to forget the Chillsner is even in the bottle. The only difference is that now while you’re chilling with your friends, your beer will be chilling too. $29.95 The Grommet is a highly curated online marketplace and launch platform for products of great utility, style or inventions that haven’t hit the big-time yet. The Grommet seeks out these unique products, carefully tests them, and produces a video review of each one telling the story behind its creation. The Grommet is rooted in the philosophy of Citizen Commerce whereby regular people form the commerce experience by suggesting products that reflect their values and interests. Citizen Commerce turns the typical top down retailer approach sideways, encourages global product innovation from small producers, and satisfies the consumer’s need to know the stories behind and origins of favorite products. The Grommet is 100% advertorial free. The company was also just named one of the hottest sites of 2013 by Internet Retailer. For more information, visit


Steve's holiday outfit

Ugly Sweater $38.99

Ugly Holiday Sweater: Laser Cat-Zillas
14” Dancing Santa Hat (Chantilly Lane)